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Residents protest closure of level crossing
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 30
Residents protested against the closure of the Nangal chowk railway crossing, as a bridge was being constructed over it. The company widening the Kurali-Kiratpur Sahib road has installed bars on the level crossing in a bid to close the passage. The residents from surrounding villages uprooted these bars installed and raised slogans against the construction company last night.

The area residents demanded that the level crossing should not be closed and instead be allowed to function as before. Bowing to the pressure, the construction company has decided to shelve the project of closing the level crossing.

As per rules, the levelcrossing is to be closed after the construction of an over bridge over the same railway line. Those living around the area are opposing the closure.

They feel, the closure of passage will mean inconvenience to people of around 24 villages, who will have to cover a long distance to cross the railway line.

These villages include Jattan Di Majri, Majri Thekedaran, Phulpur Grewal, Magror, Sainfalpur, Kotla, Manak Majra, Jhallian, Bhangala, Sanana, Fatehpur, Tappariyan and others.

The agitating villagers alleged that if their demands were not met with, they would be forced to intensify their stir. They threatened to block rail traffic as well. Even the railway police’s efforts to pacify the protestors went futile.

Meanwhile, the project director, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Anil Dahiya, said that as per the rules, permission of the deputy commissioner concerned was sought before closing the level crossing. “In the case of Nangal chowk level crossing, the then deputy commissioner had given his consent three years ago,” he said. He added that the future course of action was yet to be decided.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that deputy commissioner GK Singh has apprised the Punjab government and recommended that the level crossing should not be closed. The state government is supposed to pursue the issue with the Central government.



Private hospital fined Rs 48,000 for wrong medication
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
Coming down heavily on Arogya Dham Kshar Sutra and Panchkarma Centre, Sector 12A, Panchkula, the District Consumer Redressal Forum has directed the clinic to pay Rs 48,000 to the complainant for wrong medication.

The hospital had started treatment of piles, whereas the complainant was suffering from fistula.

While holding the hospital guilty, the forum in its order states: “This is nothing short of extortion of money from the complainant by misleading and fooling him and causing him unnecessary and unwarranted physical pains, mental harassment, mental agony and economical losses.” The order further reads: “The behaviour and attitude of the respondents have not only been negligent and deficient in their services but the same tantamount to unfair trade practice and committing fraud with the hapless complainant and also extorting money from the complainant by employment of dishonest means and ways.”

The forum had consulted an expert committee consisting of SMO Dr Sanjeev Trehan, medical officer Dr V Narang and assistant medical officer Madhu Gupta, constituted by Director General, Hospital, Sector 6.

The committee had made certain observations for the court: “Dr Rajan Goyal and Dr Poonam Goyal have got the degrees of BAMS and MD (alternative medicine), however their registration with the state government is for BAMS only. This is misleading for patients.”

The forum passed the order on the basis of the findings of the committee. The forum comprising president Ashok Kumar Jain and member SP Singh directed the respondent to refund the fee of Rs 3,000 to the complainant and pay Rs 40,000 in compensation and Rs 5,000 as litigation cost to the complainant.

The complainant, Dilbag Singh, a resident of Jind, has stated that he was suffering from severe pain in anus and had consulted Dr Rajan Goyal and Dr Poonam Goyal on May 26, 2008. After the check-up, the respondents informed him that he was suffering from piles and assured of proper treatment. He further alleged that after the operation, he was given medicines but later his condition started deteriorating. Thereafter, he consulted doctors at the Panchkula General Hospital. On June 23, 2008, the doctors diagnosed the complainant with fistula. However, the respondents denied the allegations of wrong treatment.



HC raises compensation to mishap victim
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Over 22 years after a young motorcyclist sustained injuries in a collision with a bus owned by an education institution, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has enhanced the compensation. The motorcyclist, Harminder Singh, will now get an overall compensation of over Rs 5.35 lakh.

Pronouncing the orders during the vacations today, Justice K Kannan ruled: “The insurance company’s liability is restricted to Rs 50,000 under the terms of the policy issued under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1939. The amount over the same shall be borne by the school….”

The accident had taken place in Mohali on April 26, 1989, but the FIR was registered only on August 9, 1989. As the case came up for hearing, Justice Kannan summoned the criminal court.

Among other things, it contained “a letter of authorisation given by the Principal of St Xavier’s School, which was the owner of the bus, as relevant for the purpose of the case.”

In his order, Justice Kannan has added: “There is one incident that cannot be denied that there was an enormous delay in filing the FIR….

“The claimant was in an unconscious state for some days.... There must have been sufficient anxiety of the members of the family to save him and if they had not immediately gone to the police to register a complaint, I will not take that to be a serious lapse….

He added: “The overall compensation would come to Rs 5,35,600. The amount in excess over what has been determined already by the tribunal shall attract interest at the rate of 6 per cent from the date of petition till the date of payment.” 



Two accused remanded in judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
The two accused in the rape of a 16-year-old girl on Sunday night, were produced in the court today, which remanded them in judicial custody at the Ambala Central Jail.

According to sources, the police had demanded another one-day’s police remand of one of the accused, Marshal Arora, as it was yet to recover the mobile phone of the victim.

The accused had thrown the mobile phone of the victim near a hilly area at Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

The victim, a class X student of a private school in Panchkula, was allegedly kidnapped and gangraped by two youths. The victim’s elder brother also knew the two accused. The local police on the complaint of the victim’s father had arrested the accused who have been identified as Sahil Puri, resident of Sector 2, and first year mechanical engineering student from Baddi-based private university, and Marshal Arora, a resident of NAC, Mani Majra, and B.A first year student of a private college in Chandigarh.

A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station. The police has impounded the Alto car, which was used in committing the crime. 

Alto car impounded

The victim, a class X student of a private school in Panchkula, was allegedly kidnapped and gangraped by two youths. The Alto car was used in committing the crime was impounded by the police.



Newlywed woman found dead under mysterious circumstances
Family suspects foul play
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 30
Gagandeep Kaur, a 26-year-old newly married woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house at Himmatgarh Dhakola village here this evening.

Suspecting foul play, family members of the woman alleged that their daughter had been killed for dowry. However, the police official said the actual cause of the death would be confirmed after the postmortem.

The investigating officer said the father of the deceased, Sukhdev Singh, said that his daughter was married to Kulwant Singh, a resident of Himmatgarh Dhakola. He alleged that Kulwant and his family members were harassing her daughter for dowry.

The father of the deceased said that his daughter wanted to meet him on Monday but her in-laws did not allow her to do so. He told the police that on Thursday evening he got a call from her daughter’s father-in-law who informed him that Gagandeep had become unconscious and they were rushing her to the hospital, she died due to heart attack on the way.

The body of the deceased has been kept for postmortem examination at the Civil Hospita,l Dera Bassi.

Zirakpur Station House Officer Yogi Raj said a statement of the father of the deceased was recorded and a case would be registered after getting the postmortem report tomorrow. He said the accused would be arrested soon.



They are no ordinary players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
They may be not able to run, but they can cover the distance with their zeal. Paralympic athletes quite show it loud and clear that nothing is “impossible” by showcasing their strength while playing on the field.

For paralympic sportspersons at Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, it’s all about giving their best. While playing an exhibition basketball, the players were seen playing with the same capability and basket the ball with same accuracy as any other player and for their children these players are not less then a star professional player.

The Paralympic Sportspersons centre has not only represented the nation in various international tournaments, but also brought laurels by winning top honours in such tournaments.

“We are happy here. There are two kinds of people, one who like to sob and others who smile. Here we live with second type of attitude. We work hard and love to play,” said Satnam Singh, who won gold medal in the 1999 Paralympic Asian Games in javelin throw event and also was part of the basketball team in 2006 Asian Games.

Besides Satnam, there are other players like Mohammed Latif, MK Shah, AK Chetri, A Burman and P Pardhan, who represented the nation in the Basketball Paralympic Competition during Asian Games in 2006.

There are 17 paraplegic and 10 teraplegic soldiers in the centre. There are soldiers who have traumatic spinal cord injury. The majority of these cases happen due to motor vehicle accidents and bullet/IED injuries.

“Hats off to these players, for their efforts that of course can’t be described in words. Despite being paralympic they convey a strong the message to the community,” said Maj Gen SK Manchanda.

While observing 2011 as the “Year of Disabled Soldiers’” by the Army, Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Mohali, organised a seminar and sporting activities for the inmates and their families at the PRC complex here today. An exhibition “Wheelchair Basket Ball” match was organised, including wheelchair racing and other events. Maj Gen SK Manchanda gave away prizes to the winners.


Wheelchair Race: 1st M D Latif, 2nd PP Pradhan and 3rd Pradip Kumar

Needle Thread Race: 1st SWR Pradeep Kumar and Jyoti, 2nd NK Ashok Thapa and Brinda and 3rd PP Pradhan and his wife Meena

Musical Chair: 1st Mangla, 2nd Seema and 3rd Lakhinder Kaur

Basketball: Team B won the match by 22-21 



Easy win for DP Azad 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
DP Azad Red team defeated Soupin’s Cricket Academy during the St Stephen’s Junior Championship Cricket (U-12) Tournament being held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Earlier, batting first Soupin’s was bowled out on a low scoring total of 47 runs. Anhad contributed the most 20 runs in the team’s total. For DP Azad Red team, Ritk Shukla took 4 for 12.

In reply, DP Azad Red team achieved the target in the ninth over of the game with eight wickets in hand. Akash Sharma contributed the most 25 runs to guide the team to victory.

In the second match of the day, CL Champs, Panchkula, defeated DAV 8 team with seven wickets. Batting first, DAV 8 team set the target of 68 runs before getting bundled out in 21overs. Tanys contributed the most with 25 runs, whereas Abhishek took three for 13.

In reply, CL champs achieved the target in the 14th over of the game, Saksham and Ansh took the team to victory with their 31 and 22 runs contribution.


Soupin’s Cricket Academy: 47 all out in 17 overs (Anhad 20, Jakshu, Ritik Shukla 4 for 12 and Amul 3 for 3)

DPCA RED: 48 for 2 in 9 overs (Akash Sharma 25 and Harry 13)

DAV 8: 68 all out in 21 overs (Tanys 23, Abhishek Nain 3 for 13 and Parth 2 for 8)

CL Champs: 69 for 3 in 14 overs (Saksham 31, Ansh 22 and Sagar 2 for 15).



Tarundeep, Shreya lead in junior golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 30
City golfer Tarundeep Chadha fired an even par 70 card to take a two-stroke lead and thus entered into the final round of the Usha Chandigarh Junior Open Amateur Golf Championship on the Chandigarh Golf club greens here today.

Two strokes behind is Yashas Chandra, who fired the tournament’s first one under par 69 score to finish with a tally of 217 after the third round with Manu Gandas at 219 Tarundeep sank a birdie on the sixth, as he sauntered to a flawless one under 35 at the turn. The city golfer continued an even par game till he conceded a bogie on the 15th for an even par 70 card. With the top three within a margin of just four strokes, the stage is set for a grand finale tomorrow.

Delhi’s Honey Baisoya played a two over par 72 card to be back on the top of the leaderboard at 220 in boys’ B category. One stroke behind was overnight leader Viraj Madappa.

But for young Kirandeep Kochhar there was no looking back. Playing in the C category, this Chandigarh golfer continued to tighten his grip on the crown finishing with a three over par 73 card in the third round for a tally of 225. Kiran sank a birdie on the fifth and conceded four bogeys for his 73 card.

Delhi's Shreya Ghei continued her dominance in the girls’ A category, building up an eight-stroke lead over teammate Gurbani Singh on the penultimate day of the tournament. Shreya carded a six over par 76 today to take her three-day tally to 228. The see-saw battle continued in the B category with Vrishali Sinha again overtaking Ridhima Dilawari. 



AFTC, Air HQ march on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Air Force Training Command (AFTC) and Air Headquarters (Air HQ) moved into the next stage of the ongoing Air Force Hockey Championship, being held at BRD Air Force Station, here today. AFTC defeated South Western Air Command (SWAC) and Air HQ defeated Western Air Command (WAC) in their respective matches.

In the first match, AFTC defeated SWAC by 4-1, after Nadem helped the team to register victory with his contribution of three goals.

Nadem drew first blood in the sixth minute of the game following by an ace strike in the 24th minute, whereas AK Singh reduced the margin in the 34th minute of the game.

AFTC team took the lead in the 50th minute of the game after Nadem converted the penalty corner into the victory goal.

In the second match, Air HQ defeated WAC by 2-1. In a tough clash, Air HQ, after trailing by 1-0 in the first half, won the match.

Nambiraj gave the lead to WAC in the sixth minute of the game, but Virender scored leveller in the 49th minute of the game. H Singh sealed the team’s victory in the 57th minute after taking full advantage of the awarded penalty corner. 



Players forced to practise on single table
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The authorities are giving it a thought to have a new international-level table tennis hall in the city, but they failed to provide any alternative coaching centre to players till the completion of the ongoing renovation work at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here.

The players are being provided with a single table to practice. This causes trouble when several players undergo practice at the same time on a lone table installed at the gallery of the hall for their upcoming tournaments.

According to sources, the centre has a total of nine tables at the table tennis hall, but due to non-availability of space only one table was installed. Interestingly, the sports department failed to find any school or any hall in the city to shift the coaching camp for a specific period so that players don’t face any kind of problem while practicing. However, authorities concerned maintained that they had shifted another centre to a city-based school.

“We can’t do anything neither we are given any option to practice else where. It is difficult for all of us to use a single table at the same time,” said a player. However, officials maintained that the hall would be completed in another month.



Harpreet defeats fourth seed Vishal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Harpreet Singh defeated fourth seed Vishal Mor in the senior category of the ongoing 25th Haryana State Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship here today.

Vishal, after winning first two frames, failed to give his best to win the competition, while Harpreet came back in the match in the third frame and won the next two frames to win the match.

In another match, Ankur Nanda defeated Aseem Arora after winning two initial frames. Ankur moved into the pre-quarter final stage of the competition.


Senior Snooker: Harpreet Singh defeated Rohit (3-0), Bharat Kalia defeated Amardeep Bhatia (3-2), Shareshth defeated Karan Dhir (3-2), Kishan 
defeated Sandeep (3-0), Rajbir defeated Deepak Chopra (3-2).



Sharad dazzles in Amritsar win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Sharad Lumaba helped Amritsar to put a total of 253 runs against Patiala during the first day of the four-day final of the Punjab Inter-District Cricket (U-22) Tournament being held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, here today.

A 95-run (studded with 12 boundaries) contribution by Sharda helped Amritsar to make 253 for 7 at the close of the first day’s play.

Other batsmen Navneet Singh contributed 69 runs to the team’s total studded with five boundaries, whereas his counterpart Shivlove made 30 off 42, including four boundaries and a six.

For Patiala, Robin Dhillon, Mohit Mahindra and Bhavish Goel took two-wickets each.


Amritsar: 253 for 7 in 94.3 overs (Sharad Lumba 95, Navneet Singh 63, Shivluv 30, Raman Arora 21, Robin Dhillon 2 for 74, Mohit Mahindra 2 for 60 and Bhavish Goel 2 for 30).



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